Randy Leonard Calls New Police Oversight Board a "Significant Community Change"


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City Council this morning voted unanimously 3-0 to approve the 19 members of Portland's new Police Review Board, one outcome of last winter's successful but arduous police-oversight reforms. Neither Mayor Sam Adams nor Commissioner Nick Fish attended today's meeting. Both are on vacation. But all three of the remaining commissioners waxed poetic about the significance of the change, none more ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Ron Wyden's First TV Ad


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The first TV ad out of the chute in the fall campaign for U.S. Senate in Oregon comes today from incumbent Democrat Ron Wyden. Wyden's initial TV ad is a 30-second positive pitch for his re-election that never mentions Republican opponent Jim Huffman, not surprising given that Wyden leads Huffman in the polls and in fund-raising. Instead, the ad portrays Wyden (who has been in the Senate ...   More
 
Friday, August 20, 2010 HANK STERN

LeGarrette Blount Back in the News


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It's that time of year: the days are getting shorter, this morning's drizzle reminds us that football is around the corner and oh yes ... ex-Oregon Duck LeGarrette Blount has punched somebody else. Nearly one year ago, Blount made national headlines for punching Boise State's Byron Hout after Boise State beat Oregon in the season opener. Yesterday, Blount—who's taken his talent to Tennessee ...   More
 
Thursday, August 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Watch the Video: Oregon Congressional Delegation Takes on KBR for Poisoning Soldiers


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Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at stripping war contractors from protection against lawsuits. The legislation from four Democratic lawmakers comes after members of the Oregon National Guard sued contractor KBR last year for allegedly allowing the guardsmen to be poisoned in Iraq by hexavalent chromium, a potent carcinogen. Here's ...   More
 
Thursday, September 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Politics as a Contact Sport: Videographer Gets Slugged During Kitzhaber Speech


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A candidates forum last night at Emmanuel Temple Church in Portland turned contentious when an audience member who was filming remarks by Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber was hit after refusing repeated requests to turn off his camera. The video shows Kitzhaber speaking at the forum (Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley was invited but did not attend) put on by the ...   More
 
Friday, September 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Watch the Video: DeFazio to Obama on Larry Summers Leaving


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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has never been a fan of President Obama's economic team. In fact he's called for all of them to be fired. So DeFazio enjoyed a bit of grave-dancing this week on the House floor after Larry Summers, Obama's chief economic adviser, announced his departure. DeFazio says he only hopes Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is next. We're sure Summers will enjoy his ...   More
 
Friday, September 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Don't Any Candidates Still List Their Party Affiliations?


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There's a new TV ad out from U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). And the Lane County Democrat's ad, like others so far this campaign season from Democratic and Republican candidates, lacks much indication of party affiliation. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FTBE5WBc-A[/youtube] Fully recognizing that political parties are probably right down there in polls with reporters, I'm intrigued ...   More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet Cans Driver Caught with Kindle


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TriMet this afternoon fired Lahcen Qouchbane, the driver who navigated Interstate-5 on Sept. 16 while seemingly reading a Kindle. TriMet announced the decision this afternoon saying Qouchbane, an employee for 10 years, posed "an immediate threat to public safety" and violated TriMet's policy that "all personal electronic devices be turned off while operating a bus or train." The videotape of ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Silly Video Alert: Great Beatdowns in Mascot History


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Last weekend's takedown of Ohio State's mascot (aka Brutus) by Ohio's mascot (aka Rufus) at the football game between the two schools apparently can trace part of its genesis to Oregon. Rufus tells ESPN he got the idea for his sneak attack from the Oregon Duck's attack of the Houston Cougar mascot in a 2007 game at Autzen Stadium. If you're interested in comparing the two mascot meltdowns, ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 HANK STERN

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